Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect


The Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetic presents three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Find beauty and signature in the imperfections. Perfection is a false goal, so strive for originality, character, and impact in your creative work.

The image above is a 65 year old Rimowa case. It has been crushed, scratched, and dropped for a lifetime- yet retains a certain beauty that improves with age and abuse. The flaws are the features.

With music, try layering distorted sounds with smooth sounds to create contrast. Take “perfect” sounds and crush them to bring out unique timbres. Warp their sonic shape to help them sit better in the mix.

Audio example: listen to 0:30

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